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Hamilton, James

A Glasgow grocer with whom Burns was in correspondence over the purchase of copies of the poems of his 'brother Poet, Mr Turnbull'. James Hamilton and Company had their premises at 86 Trongate in 1787, as Ferguson discovered from Jones's Directory of Glasgow for that year. The firm's name is missing from the same reference book for 1789. As in the second of the two surviving letters to Hamilton, dated 26th May 1789, Burns consoled the grocer for his misfortunes. It has been supposed by some writers, notably j C Ewing, that these were of a business nature. Presumably, Hamilton failed.

Writing from Ellisland on 27th April the same year, Burns observed: 'This country has nothing new. Mankind are the same everywhere. In this place, as in Glasgow I suppose too, of the men called honest, and the women called chaste, a number supposed to be near the full half of them are not what they pretend to be; and of the remaining half, many of them are thought to have still worse faults.'

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